Letters 10-24-2016

It’s Obama’s 1984 Several editions ago I concluded a short letter to the editor with an ominous rhetorical flourish: “Welcome to George Orwell’s 1984 and the grand opening of the Federal Department of Truth!” At the time I am sure most of the readers laughed off my comments as right-wing hyperbole. Shame on you for doubting me...

Gun Bans Don’t Work It is said that mass violence only happens in the USA. A lone gunman in a rubber boat, drifted ashore at a popular resort in Tunisia and randomly shot and killed 38 mostly British and Irish tourists. Tunisian gun laws, which are among the most restrictive in the world, didn’t stop this mass slaughter. And in January 2015, two armed men killed 11 and wounded 11 others in an attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. French gun laws didn’t stop these assassins...

Scripps’ Good Deed No good deed shall go unpunished! When Dan Scripps was the 101st District State Representative, he introduced legislation to prevent corporations from contaminating (e.g. fracking) or depleting (e.g. Nestle) Michigan’s water table for corporate profit. There are no property lines in the water table, and many of us depend on private wells for abundant, safe, clean water. In the subsequent election, Dan’s opponents ran a negative campaign almost solely on the misrepresentation that Dan’s good deed was a government takeover of your private water well...

Political Definitions As the time to vote draws near it’s a good time to check into what you stand for. According to Dictionary.com the meanings for liberal and conservative are as follows:

Liberal: Favorable to progress or reform as in political or religious affairs.

Conservative: Disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditions and limit change...

Voting Takes A Month? Hurricane Matthew hit the Florida coast Oct. 6, over three weeks before Election Day. Bob Ross (Oct. 17th issue) posits that perhaps evacuation orders from Governor Scott may have had political motivations to diminish turnout and seems to praise Hillary Clinton’s call for Gov. Scott to extend Florida’s voter registration deadline due to evacuations...

Clinton Foundation Facts Does the Clinton Foundation really spend a mere 10 percent (per Mike Pence) or 20 percent (per Reince Priebus) of its money on charity? Not true. Charity Watch gives it an A rating (the same as it gives the NRA Foundation) and says it spends 88 percent on charitable causes, and 12 percent on overhead. Here is the source of the misunderstanding: The Foundation does give only a small percentage of its money to charitable organizations, but it spends far more money directly running a number of programs...

America Needs Change Trump supports our constitution, will appoint judges that will keep our freedoms safe. He supports the partial-birth ban; Hillary voted against it. Regardless of how you feel about Trump, critical issues are at stake. Trump will increase national security, monitor refugee admissions, endorse our vital military forces while fighting ISIS. Vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence will be an intelligent asset for the country. Hillary wants open borders, increased government regulation, and more demilitarization at a time when we need strong military defenses...

My Process For No I will be voting “no” on Prop 3 because I am supportive of the process that is in place to review and approve developments. I was on the Traverse City Planning Commission in the 1990s and gained an appreciation for all of the work that goes into a review. The staff reviews the project and makes a recommendation. The developer then makes a presentation, and fellow commissioners and the public can ask questions and make comments. By the end of the process, I knew how to vote for a project, up or down. This process then repeats itself at the City Commission...

Regarding Your Postcard If you received a “Vote No” postcard from StandUp TC, don’t believe their lies. Prop 3 is not illegal. It won’t cost city taxpayers thousands of dollars in legal bills or special elections. Prop 3 is about protecting our downtown -- not Munson, NMC or the Commons -- from a future of ugly skyscrapers that will diminish the very character of our downtown...

Vote Yes It has been suggested that a recall or re-election of current city staff and Traverse City Commission would work better than Prop 3. I disagree. A recall campaign is the most divisive, costly type of election possible. Prop 3, when passed, will allow all city residents an opportunity to vote on any proposed development over 60 feet tall at no cost to the taxpayer...

Yes Vote Explained A “yes” vote on Prop 3 will give Traverse City the right to vote on developments over 60 feet high. It doesn’t require votes on every future building, as incorrectly stated by a previous letter writer. If referendums are held during general elections, taxpayers pay nothing...

Beware Trump When the country you love have have served for 33 years is threatened, you have an obligation and a duty to speak out. Now is the time for all Americans to speak out against a possible Donald Trump presidency. During the past year Trump has been exposed as a pathological liar, a demagogue and a person who is totally unfit to assume the presidency of our already great country...

Picture Worth 1,000 Words Nobody disagrees with the need for affordable housing or that a certain level of density is dollar smart for TC. The issue is the proposed solution. If you haven’t already seen the architect’s rendition for the site, please Google “Pine Street Development Traverse City”...

Living Wage, Not Tall Buildings Our community deserves better than the StandUp TC “vote no” arguments. They are not truthful. Their yard signs say: “More Housing. Less Red Tape. Vote like you want your kids to live here.” The truth: More housing, but for whom? At what price..

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Northern Michigan’s Man of Steel

Ryan Tiderington plays standin for new Superman movie

Erin Crowell - May 28th, 2013  

When Suttons Bay resident Ryan Tiderington got the casting call, it was like a scene out of a movie.

“Somebody called me from Chicago and told me to come down for ‘Autumn Frost.’ That’s the code name for the film,” Tiderington said of the latest installment of the Superman saga, “Man of Steel.”

The Warner Brothers film, which debuts in theaters June 14, stars Henry Cavill as Superman. Tiderington, who is a spot-on image of Cavill, made the 300-mile trip for the casting to play the stand-in for Cavill.

He got the part.


There were two casting calls for the 2011 filming. The first included a background check to, “obviously make sure you’re not a crazy person,” Tiderington noted; and the second casting took him deeper into the various film departments.

During the second casting call, Tiderington had to go before the film’s cinematographer, director of photography and hair & makeup in order to earn the role. The response among the cast and crew was the same, including Cavill.

“Cavill walked in and we could have been brothers,” said the blue-eyed, dark hair Tiderngton who stands at 6’3”. “Everyone kept saying that. We looked exactly the same.”

There was one difference between the two, however, that Tiderington himself noticed.

“When I saw Henry, I knew I had to get in better shape,” he recalled.

So Tiderington turned to his favorite up-north water sport: standup paddle boarding.


Having discovered the recreational sport as an outlet after going through a “horrible breakup” (yes, Superman’s stand-in is single), the level 2 certified Paddle Fit Pro instructor was already spending hours each week on the water, conducting daily paddleboard classes in Traverse City and Suttons Bay.

“I was already in pretty good shape but I started paddle boarding even more,” Tiderington said, adding he put on extra pounds of muscle through the on-water exercise and through refining his diet. “I ate pure, whole ingredients from the earth. Nothing formulated or manufactured. No sugar, no salt.”

Even when filming commenced, the crew was treated with healthy food options.

“The food was incredible. Everyone was healthy-minded so the food was five-star. It was unbelievable to wake up and eat sushi for breakfast. I could do that everyday,” he said.


For three months, Tiderington and the rest of the crew spent hours filming “Man of Steel” in the quiet, rural town of Aurora, Illinois, along with areas of downtown Chicago.

“It was brutal. You’re there every day, all day, for 11 to 12 hours and the heat was astounding,” Tiderington recalled of the hot 2011 summer temps. “There were some intense situations, too, like being under an overpass in 90-degree heat with Kevin Costner, helping him warm up his voice. That can be quite intimidating.”

Intense can be another word to describe the actual film.

“It’s darker,” Tiderington described of what could be called the sixth major motion picture release of the franchise since Christopher Reeve starred in 1978’s “Superman: The Movie.”

Just as producer Christopher Nolan did with the Batman series (“Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight,” etc.), the new film’s director, Zack Snyder (“Watchmen,” “300”) created a loose backstory with “Man of Steel”— offering a background on how Superman came to be and how he comes to embrace the costume and cape. (Due to confidentiality contracts, Tiderington couldn’t discuss the iconic superhero costume he got to wear during filming).

The estimated $175 million budgeted film also stars four-time Oscar nominee, Amy Adams as Daily Planet journalist Louis Lane; Laurence Fishburne, of “The Matrix” series, as Perry White; Diane Lane (“Unfaithful”) as Martha Kent (i.e. Clark Kent’s adoptive mother); and not one, but two Academy Award winners starring as Superman/Clark Kent’s fathers: Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent and Russell Crowe as Jore-El, from the home planet of Krypton.

The combination of talent, time and artistic direction made filming “Man of Steel” one of Tiderington’s most intense and memorable experiences.

“There are some moments in life that happen and you look back on it and say, ‘Wow, that changed me.’ It’s like a car accident, accept you don’t really remember,” he said. “During filming, I remember standing next to a train that was destroyed and all crumpled up and it looked like it had been tossed into a building. I was listening to the Talking Heads and one line was, ‘This is not my beautiful wife, this is not my beautiful life.’ “It was then I understood this was an important thing I was a part of.”


After all the intensity of filming, Tiderington said he could always count on Northern Michigan to re-center himself.

“Once I’d pull off of M-37 and head down M-22, I just get this good feeling. After all the places I’ve been, I know I’m home,” said Tiderington, who grew up in Saginaw but would visit Northern Michigan every summer with his family. “My favorite spot is Good Harbor Bay.” Tiderington will also star in a film which will be shot this fall at the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes. The movie is based off the Nirvana song, “Where Did You Sleep last Night?” While he has starred in over 18 films and music videos, which included a role as a drug addict (talk about a “Super” leap!), the Western Michigan University grad said he’s enjoying his time now instructing others on a very important element in his life.

“I’m working hard with the group Uncommon Adventures and just spreading the word on paddle boarding,” Tiderington concluded. “It’s important to teach people on being with nature and how calming it can be.

“We often lose track of what counts in life.” Seems like a very human trait, Ryan – one Superman would agree with.

Ryan Tiderington, who serves as Superman’s double in “Man of Steel” (in theaters June 14), will be conducting paddleboard classes from 7-8:30 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, starting June 1, at Clinch Park Beach in Traverse City; along with classes in Suttons Bay every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Participants will also have the opportunity to get their own body of steel with Paddle Fitness, an intense type of beach exercise. Visit uncommonadv. com/sup for more information.

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